Leadership is the ability to understand people's motivations and leverage them to achieve a shared goal. Skilful leaders can contribute to positive outcomes for individuals, teams, organisations, and communities. It's important to develop leaders who can address the needs of an organisation, and to create an environment that allows them to be effective. 

This factsheet explores the concept of leadership, and different approaches to leadership development. It also discusses how to use a principle-based approach to develop leadership skills in people professionals. 

This factsheet was last updated by Giorgia Gamba Quilliam: Learning Content Manager, CIPD

Giorgia designs, develops and manages learning content at the CIPD, including digital courses, factsheets, podcasts and web content. She was instrumental in developing the first ever fully digital qualification delivered in partnership with AVADO, which won both a Training Journal and a Learning Technology award in 2016.

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